Lightning honored for successful year

In its first season, the Grand Valley boys lacrosse team had a good showing, finishing 10-4.

The Lightning’s strong play helped the team land five players on the All-Mountain League team that was announced Monday.

Leading the way was first team selection, attack Jeff Cunningham. The Fruita Monument junior was one of the Lightning’s top scorers and the only Grand Valley attack to be recognized.

All of the Lightning’s other selections were midfielders, including Ryan Reece and Willie Stevens, who both made the first team. Reece is from Valley High School and Stevens is from Fruita Monument.

The second team was highlighted by midfielders Stuart Foster and Archer Maddox. Foster, a Fruita Monument junior, played mostly long pole midfielder for the Lightning. Maddox, a Fruita Monument freshman, had a strong year as the Lightning’s face-off man.

This year was a learning process for the Lightning, who return all but three players next season.

“I am proud of the guys,” Lightning coach Dave Zabronsky said. “We placed high expectations on them, and for them to take third as the youngest team in the league, I’m happy about that.”

The Lightning won 10 games despite battling injuries and illness throughout the year.

Zabronsky said it showed a lot about the determination of the team.

“Our guys showed a lot of resilience this year,” Zabronsky said. “We had one practice where we had nine guys available because of sickness. There were times when this group could have folded, but they grinded it out.”


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